Alcorn State Kirt Cormier Powers Braves In 8-4 Comeback Win Over PVAMU




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NEW ORLEANS – Down 4-0 for the second game in a row, the Alcorn State University baseball program fought back with a four-run fifth inning and added runs in the sixth and eighth to secure an 8-4 come-from-behind win over Prairie View A&M Saturday at the University of New Orleans’ Maestri Field. The game marked Alcorn’s second in the Andre Dawson Classic. 

Senior Kirt Cormier went 4-for-5 in the DH spot and finished with a double, a homerun, three RBIs, and two runs scored. Senior A.J. Makarewicz hit 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBIs, and redshirt-sophomore catcher Kyle Jenkins finished 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, and two RBIs. 

Junior pitcher Joe Smith tossed 4.0 innings of relief to pick up the win. The Jackson, Miss. native allowed one hit and walked two with a strikeout. Senior Razedrick Winters earned the save with 1.2 innings of work. 

With the victory, Alcorn starts its season 2-0 for the first time since 2009. 

PVAMU (0-2) took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. With one out, the Panthers singled to right and added a second runner on a hit by pitch. Following a fly out for the second out, a single to left field scored the runner from second. Alcorn had an opportunity to answer in the bottom of the second as junior Hunter Wilson drew a leadoff walk and Jenkins doubled on a line drive to center, but the defense settled down and the visitors on the scoreboard escaped the threat. 

The Panthers added to their lead with a pair of runs in the third. Daniel Lingua scored Tyler Gordon from first with a ground-ball single to right, then moved up to second on a Brandon Barna fielding error. Lingua got to third on a groundout and woud then reach home on a wild pitch. The Braves ended the damage as Jenkins threw out a Panther baserunner trying to steal second. 

The visitors loaded the bases in the fourth, forcing a Braves pitching change to Smith. After walking in a run, the Braves turned a double play to limit the damage. In the bottom half of the inning, Wilson reached on a fielding error and Jenkins reached on a base on balls, but a pop out and a groundout stranded the pair. 

Alcorn finally got going in the bottom of the fifth as senior Nicholas Hayes-Saltare hit a leadoff single to left. He would move to second on a wild pitch and Makarewicz hit a liner to right to put runners on the corners. A Cormier single brought in Hayes-Saltare and senior Der’Vincent Hamilton walked to load the bases. After a PVAMU mound visit, a Wilson sacrifice fly cut the Panther lead in half. Jenkins then chased Prairie View starter Tyler Laux out of the game with a two-out double and Alcorn pulled even at 4-4. 

The Braves took over the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and senior Carlos Rios Jimenez on first, Makarewicz doubled to center. Cormier then singled to right and advanced to second on a hit by Hamilton. The Panthers then escaped the inning as Wilson flew out to center. 

In the eighth, Prairie View got a runner on third as Steven Williams doubled and advanced on a fly ball to center, but Winters took over for Smith and retired the next two batters. Alcorn added another two runs as a Makarewicz fly out to right scored Hayes-Saltare from third and Cormier followed with a solo shot to right. Winters then struck out the side in the top of the ninth to seal the victory. 

The Braves conclude the Classic tomorrow with a 3 p.m. game against Grambling State at the New Orleans Major League Baseball Youth Academy.

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